WINDFOR provides technical assistance during the Operation of the Wind Farm, in order to achieve the minimization of all the operational risks. This activity is provided starting from the preparation of contracts for the wind farm management and continue, adopting innovative techniques such as Performance Matrix or Artificial Neural Network, with the Wind Farm Performance Assessment and Benchmarking, considering both the expected and the actual production of the plant.
In addition to this, particular attention is then dedicated to the quality assessment of the maintenance services, providing also independent analysis of failures and faults of the components of the Wind Farm.
WINDFOR increases the value of the technical assistance also performing inspection on wind turbines in operation (foundation, towers, gearboxes, generators, blades etc.), on the Balance of Plant (MV and HV cables, Transformers, electromechanical equipment, foundations etc.) and carrying out dedicated diagnostic activities on the components, for the resolution of issues concerning the operation of the plant.
WINDFOR is active in the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Performance of the Wind Farms, providing the experience and well understanding of the problems inherent this phase of the project, which arising from having examined, monitored and assessed the performance, on behalf of Investors and Banks, of tens of Wind Farms.
The technical assistance services may cover:
- Site, Wind and Energy Assessment (P50%, P75% e P90%)
WINDFOR is widely recognized as a leading company in Site, Wind and Energy Assessment of wind projects, being able to provide added value to the analysis due both from the contribution resulting from the availability of wind data coming from an owned wide network of met mast installed and from the use of effective and consolidated methodologies (that consider also CFD Analysis), proven by the Track Record available on this activities. ▸
- Environmental Assessment of the site of interest
This activity is intended to collect information and data on key environmental conditions of the site of interest (e.g., temperature, precipitation, geology, hydrogeology and geotechnical engineering, seismic situation, accessibility for transportation etc.. ) and to assess whether those conditions are prohibitive to the construction and/or operation of the wind farm. ▸
- Technical Assessment of the design of Electrical Works, Civil Works (especially with regard to the foundations of the wind turbines) and its consistency with the Laws, Regulations and Technical Standards in force
This activity has the purpose both to verify the adequacy of some design choices (e.g., sizing of foundations and supports of the wind turbines, dimensioning of the cable network system, choice of the LV, MV and HV switchgear etc.) that to ensure that the whole design of Civil and Electromechanical Works is consistent with Laws, Requirements and Technical Standards in force. ▸
- Analysis, review and assistance in the drafting of EPC contracts, Purchase of Wind Farm equipment (Wind Turbines and Balance of Plant) and Contracts for the O&M of Wind Turbines and Balance of Plant.
This activity aims to define both the technical and commercial aspects that appear most likely to minimize risks of delays in the construction of a wind farm or risks of malfunctions during the future operation (e.g., timetable of construction works, supply of Wind Turbines and other Wind Farm equipment, payments, contractual guarantees, serial defects, contractual guarantees, availability of wind turbines and BOP, etc..) that assess the level of checks and tests to be performed successfully in order to proceed to the provisional or final acceptance of the Wind Farm (e.g., mechanical completion, start-up and commissioning of the Wind Turbines and the other components of the Wind Farm, Reliability Tests, Punch List, etc..). ▸
- Technical assistance during business negotiations
WINDFOR provides technical support during business negotiations for the drawing up of Supply and O&M Contracts of Wind Turbines and Balance of Plant. ▸
- Technical Due Diligence on Wind Turbines and Qualification of the Suppliers
This activity aims to define relevant information required for an assessment of the technical and economic capacity of the companies involved in the tenders for the construction of a wind farm (e.g., previous experience, track record, structure of technical and commercial offices, corporate quality plan, capacity to perform tests on the wind farm equipment to be provided, any subcontractors, etc..). ▸
- Site Suitability of the Wind Turbines according to the Standard IEC 61400-12 Ed 3.
This activity aims to define both the basic parameters for the evaluation of the Wind Turbines Class at the point of installation of met mast used for wind resource assessment of the site and to assess the site-specific conditions to adopt as reference for the verification that the suppliers of the wind turbines must provide in order to demonstrate, in accordance with the provisions regarding the technical regulations in force, that the wind turbines proposed for the wind farm are suitable for the site and the layout without reduction of the nominal life of the project. ▸
- Monitoring of the Construction, Commissioning and Testing phase of the Wind Farms, On Site and Wind Turbine Inspections, Monitoring at the end of Construction
This activity aims to assess the progress of the works during the construction of a wind farm performing, in particular, the monitoring of the overall organization of the site, the compliance with the requirements for the safety and health of workers, the technical progress of civil and electromechanical works, the accounting progress of the expenses, the tests on the wind farm equipment, the existence of the technical conditions for the Wind Farm Take Over, the start of the commercial operation and the compliance with the requirements of the EHS Guidelines (Equator Principles). ▸
- Monitoring of the Operation, Wind Farm and Wind Turbines Performance Assessment, analysis of the O&M activities performed on the Wind Farm.
This activity is intended to minimize operational risks, assess the quality of the services provided during ordinary and extraordinary maintenance on the components of the Wind Farm, evaluate the operating results and compare the expected performance with the actual performance through the Performance Matrix or the Artificial Neural Network approaches (Benchmarking), analyze malfunctions and breakdowns of Wind Turbines and Balance of Plant, identify and resolve issues concerning the operation of the plant. ▸
- Short and Medium Term Forecasting of Climatology and Production
WINDFOR, also in cooperation with known international institutes of meteorology, develop and provide forecasting models of short, medium and long-term climatology as well as of the corresponding production of wind farms. Applications for short-term (24-72 hours) are required in managing technical and commercial relationships with the grid Owner to which the wind plants are connected. Forecasts dealing with medium or long term are useful in the preparation, by the wind farm owners, of the budget or can support the development of new initiatives, especially where there is no availability of consolidated databases. ▸
Many professionals in the renewable energy sector are based on the WINDFOR’s tailored training programs, which provide the main knowledge for the assessment and understanding of the basic technical aspects in wind and solar energy.
WINDFOR is active in Training services providing to the Operators of the wind energy market customized courses related to all technical and managerial aspects that guide the main business decisions. ▸